Feb. 11, 2011
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh women's basketball forward Shayla Scott (Monroeville, Pa.) was selected as the College/University winner of the Pat Blayden Spirit of Sport Award on Friday. The announcement and presentation came at a luncheon to honor National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the Athletic and Fitness Center on the campus of Chatham University.
In addition to Scott, Pitt had two other nominees for the award: women's tennis senior Elizabeth Adams and women's soccer senior Morie Kephart.
The award is presented annually to a high school sophomore, junior and senior female athlete, and one collegiate female athlete, of distinction. Pat Blayden dedicated 34 years to the Chatham College Athletic Department, working toward achieving greater awareness and recognition of women's collegiate athletics. The nominees must demonstrate academic and athletic achievement, competitive spirit, sportsmanship, forthrightness and integrity along with community involvement.
Over 450 people attended the luncheon and over 35 local high schools were represented.
"I am excited to have been received this honor and to be able to represent the University of Pittsburgh and the women's basketball team. Every individual award is a team one," said Scott. "I can remember as a kid playing rec (recreation) league and I always played with the boys. Sometimes you wouldn't get to get into the game because you were a girl. It is nice that women can be recognized for the same hard work and play."
Scott is a four-year starter (115 games/93 starts) and two-time captain for the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team. This season, the 6-1 senior is averaging 9.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She is ranked ninth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage and 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio. Scott has turned in 44 career double-digit scoring contests and 11 double-doubles over her career for the Panthers.
Scott is working toward a master's degree in health and fitness having already completed her undergraduate studies with a degree in media and professional communications.